The European Crystallographic Association (ECA) has been established as the Regional Associate of the International Union of Crystallography replacing the rather informal European Crystallographic Committee (ECC). The ECA is registered in The Netherlands following Dutch legislation. Three categories of members are admitted: National Members represented by their Adhering Bodies, Affiliate Members and Individual Members. Statutes and By-Laws were adopted by Council during its meetings in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1997 and Prague, Czech Republic, in 1998. The National Members are European and some neighbouring countries from the Mediterranean area and Africa. An Executive Committee was elected in 1997 based on the new statutes. Those elected are: C. Giacovazzo (President), J. Bernstein (Vice-President), P. Beurskens (Secretary), S. Harkema (Treasurer) and A.M. Carrondo, P. Paufler and F.H. Allen (members).
Two very successful European Crystallographic Meetings were held. ECM-17 in Lisbon, Portugal, and ECM-18 in Prague, Czech Republic, attracted between 800 and 1000 participants. Forthcoming meetings will be ECM-19 at Nancy, France, 2531 August 2000, and ECM-20 at Cracow, Poland, in 2001.
H. Fuess, IUCr Representative
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